Friday Smiles – Week 265

Hello everyone and Happy Easter. I’m joining in once again with Annie’s Friday Smiles My new guinea pig finally has a name! He’s called Freddie. He’s still very nervous but will come to the open cage door and take food from my fingers and sometimes get a little tickle but is still at the hiding from all loud and scary noises stage. He seems very happy though as he’s always ‘popcorning’ around the cage and he and Snowy are getting on famously. Despite the weather being chilly again and the tiny threat of sleet and snow (again!) my daffodils are

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Friday Smiles – Week 264

After another short spell of snow we are once again looking forward to Spring happening here. I keep checking the pond for frog and toad spawn but have seen none so far. This week has been all about pets. Hubby is sighing loudly as I introduce another guinea pig to the menagerie. My existing boar has been looking very sad and lonely since my other piggies died a year ago so i decided to get him a cage mate. I found this little smasher He is a short haired tri-colour and as you can see looks totally different depending on

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Edwardian postcard – The Lovers Seat, Hastings, Sussex

I recently bought this postcard to add to my ever growing Edwardian postcard collection because of the amusing message on the back and the intriguing picture on the front. All those prim and proper ladies! When it arrived I felt drawn to investigate the writer and subject matter further. The writer, Harold describes the ladies sitting on the ‘lovers seat’ as being ‘Giddy Old Kippers’ which made me laugh. I immediately liked Harold’s sense of humour so had to know more about him. But first, the ‘lovers seat’ mentioned was on a cliffside in Hastings, Sussex UK. I found two

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Friday Smiles – week 263

Morning all, its a lovely early spring morning here with blue skies and sunshine but more snow is forecast for Saturday and Sunday here!  Its only meant to stay briefly though so i don’t mind that. It great to be able to join in with Annie’s Friday Smiles again and I have a couple of things that have made me smile this week. Firstly, it was Mothers Day last Sunday in the UK and i was lucky enough to get this from my son He knew i needed a new mug as my old one was so chipped so he

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Friday Smiles – week 262

Its been a few years since I joined in with this but have been feeling the need for more smiles lately and where better to get them than via this great weekly theme run by Annie over at A Stitch in Time I’ve had a few things make me smile this week. The first was after the snow finally melted away last Saturday after hanging around for nearly a week! We didn’t get it half as bad as some so I cant really complain but it did stop a few days of Post delivery which I cant recall ever happening

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Six books by non British authors

This year one of my reading resolutions was to read more books by Japanese authors. I find them to be – the ones I’ve read anyway – gentle, fascinating and beautifully written and I wanted more of the same. In this round up I have included four books by Japanese authors and I’ve also added two more books by non UK authors as they just sound so amazing. EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid This has been all over social media and i cant wait to give it a go. Its written by a now quite famous Indian author. The next

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February book haul

Yes, its happened again. Proof that i have no control when it comes to buying books. I also now have a very messy bookcase which needs sorting, badly! Right lets get down to this shall we? No your eyes don’t deceive you and yes, that is a book series. The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin. I have lost count of how many times The Fifth Season has appeared on my YouTube favourite’s channels. I really wanted to see for myself what was going on. I actually bought Book 2 first as Amazon were selling it for £2, yes just

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Poems for a world gone to sh*t – Review

This was lovely surprise bookmail from Quercus a few days ago.  They are a fabulous publisher who have been very kind to me over the years, so a big thank you to them. Poetry is something I really enjoy and a little book like this to dip in and out of is always welcome. Hey you have a book to review! Whats it called? Poems for a world gone to sh*t Who wrote it? No one author, Its a compilation of poems, old and new Whats it about? Poems to make life better in this messed up world we live

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The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

This was kindly sent me for review by Two Roads books, so a huge thank you to them. Hey you have a book to review! Whats it called? The Cactus   Who wrote it? Sarah Haywood   Whats it about?  A woman called Susan Green. At 45 she thinks her life is perfect. She has a good job,  a nice flat and personal arrangements with benefits that leave no room for messy emotional ties. But following the death of her mother and the discovery that she is going to be a mother herself soon, things start to become a little

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Slow bullets by Alastair Reynolds

I began 2018 with the intention to read more Science Fiction This arrived yesterday from Gollancz/Orion. I began reading it almost as soon as it was out the package Today I finished reading it. Boom! mind blown! A fairly short (at 182 pages) novella written by Alastair Reynolds.  I have to admit I hadn’t heard of him before or his writing so I can tick off quite a few things all in one go there. Synopsis is quite long so read this to get an idea Its a lot darker and a lot deeper than i imagined it would be

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